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Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


When the Lazarus storm touches down, people from every walk of life stand to be affected.

People who are kind, people who are good… and people who are evil.

This epic issue will spotlight the many disastrous new villains created by the Lazarus event and the heroes who stand ready to stop them from doing harm to others!

What sinister threat brings a new chapter to the Doom Patrol saga?

Can a new hero channel the inexorable Still Force energy to fend off evil?

What lurks in the corners of the Spirit World for new character Xanthe?

And what early clue to the new direction in Arkham Tower will spell disaster for Gotham City?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
46 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The latest Lazarus Planet anthology makes it clear that just about all of these stories are teasers for upcoming tales—and this one gives us two returning icons and two newcomers. So how do the stories shake out? (…) Overall, all four of these are fun stories with a lot of promise for where they go next.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 is the best Lazarus Planet one-shot so far. The stories range from pure superhero action to high-fantasy adventure to dark and moody “John Wick” type action. It gives us great moments with rarely seen characters like The Huntress, The Doom Patrol and Cassandra Cain and introduces new characters Circuit Breaker and Xanthe Zhou. I especially loved Xanthe Zhou and I hope we see a lot more of them in the future. Highly recommended.

  • 90

    Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 may be the best one-shot of this event thus far with four very different and unique stories that each set up upcoming series, but have a depth and complexity that don’t exactly feel quite like your standard tie-in fare. The real standout of the issue may be the first story, “Whisper of the Moth” by Tim Seely with art by Baldemar Rivas. Following Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress, it’s a sort of grim and complex Gotham tale that both feels Batman-esque and also like something utterly different. Following closely behind is “I Seconds of Still Force” by A.L. Kaplan, featuring Circuit Breaker and while that story is a little trippy, it’s the trippy art that makes it such a fun ride. Genuinely, there really aren’t any misses. The Doom Patrol story is also great. As individual stories, this is a great one-shot that makes the whole event a lot more interesting.

  • 80


    If these Lazarus Planet one shots have shown the readers anything, it’s that the new Dawn of DC era will be one of the most diverse in its history. Lots of new characters and underutilized old characters will be getting time to shine in the spotlight. This issue in particular had a great combination of the old and new, with excellent artwork, interesting character design, and meaningful representation.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Old favourites and new character combine in another great anthology from DC. Though it feels like the Lazarus Planet event is running out of steam, it’s impact and ability to put the focus on some of DC’s most underused characters is to be applauded.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 delivers four short stories that act as preludes to other DC series coming in the future. The shorts are interesting and end on solid cliffhangers, but almost nothing in this collection has anything to do with the Lazarus Planet event.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    As mentioned, Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate marks the penultimate part of the Lazarus Planet event. It’s all drawing to a close now. You can feel it all settling in, you can feel the Lazarus effects starting to take hold. Lazarus Planet: Omega next week will be the end, and I cannot wait to see how it finishes up.

    We have an absolute plethora of new characters, new stories, and new creators to follow after this event, and it’s got me excited for DC’s future. I’ve said it multiple times now, but Dawn of DC is shaping up to be one of the best moves the company has made in years.

    It’s always darkest, just before the Dawn.

  • 60


    The book looks great at times, but often remains uneventful. Most of the tales in the anthology follow new characters, cartoonish art, and plots right out of serial television. Although, none of these Lazarus Planet tie-ins are that good on their own, readers can at least count on some engrossing teases to future storylines. In this issue, I’ll definitely cosign a Dennis Culver led Doom Patrol, but Circuit Breaker, Xanthe Zhou, and Batgirl might be a bit harder. In terms of Lazarus Planet so far, I don’t think the rain is playing a part effectively, and find myself wondering who thought spin-offs were necessary at all.

  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    At this point Lazarus Planet’s spin-offs can be safely ignored. There’s no reason to hope for a true advancement in the story while these character introductions slowly roll out with little repercussion to the actual event itself.

  • 45

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    Another mixed bag of stories in a Lazarus Planet one-shot. Some compelling characters, but overall this one felt like unnecessary and more like a teaser or preview book. My fave story was the Doom Patrol which sets the tone for their new limited series. The Spirit World story also teases Xanthe’s upcoming mini-series. Overall, it was a quick read in a one-shot with divergent stories and art teams that on their own are solid, but in the same book do not complement each other well.

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